Archive for April, 2010

I like Dave Ramsey.  I think once you get a jist of his message then it starts to get repetitive. I also think this is needed when it comes to money managment.

I have seen Mr. Ramsey speak a few times and read his book “Total Money Managment”. Now he has a new book (almost gift book sized) called “The Money Answer Book”. I like it too.

This book is in somewhat of a question/ answer format. While I don’t always like this format, I love that the questions are tough and everyday questions that real people ask with answers that are to the point and honest. If you are struggling with your finances and looking for real answers, this is a great way to get your feet wet.

This is practical advice on finances, debt, stewardship, automobiles, savings, and more. If you can make smart decisions today, you will save yourself years of struggle!

Also, I recommend giving this book as a graduation present or wedding present.

I recieved a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for an honest review.

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Original Articule Here

Survey: 72% of Millennials ‘more spiritual than religious’

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY

Most young adults today don’t pray, don’t worship and don’t read the Bible, a major survey by a Christian research firm shows.

If the trends continue, “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships,” says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group’s survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they’re “really more spiritual than religious.”

 Among the 65% who call themselves Christian, “many are either mushy Christians or Christians in name only,” Rainer says. “Most are just indifferent. The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith.”

 Key findings in the phone survey, conducted in August and released today:


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This past Sunday we studied the story of Abraham and Isaac at church as part of our Sunday morning gathering and an interesting pattern emerged. I won’t go into the whole thing to save you time but I did want to share the jist. (If you want to hear the whole thing the online podcast should be up soon on the church web-site.) 

There appears (at least to me) to be a few different levels of following God that Abraham goes through. I believe each one are important in our spiritual walk but at the same time, grow into one another as we mature in our faith. The following are those levels….


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Well, first surprise….. It’s a gift book. When I selected it on the site, I thought it was a new Lucado book but it’s more of a collection of highlights from “Cure for the Common Life”.

That said, it’s good for a gift book. A bright yellow sticker on the front of the book says “Good Graduate Gift” and indeed it is. It’s uplifting, thoughtful, and the best of one of Lucado’s most popular books.

I think this is a good thing. Teens today get pushed from so many directions to plan out their lives and know where they are headed. By the time they graduate, they are encouraged to know what school they are going to, what kind of job they want, where they might live, if they’re going to get married and how many kids might you have, as well as many other future predicitions. By the time that they get on their knees to seek God, it’s more of a “Hey, God… Here’s my plan. Can you bless it?” Instead of “What is Your plan, God? Lead me.”

I’m not against plans but we need to teach our children who’s plans really matter.

Sorry, that was a side not. Good graduation present=) Good gift for any age quite frankly.

I recieved this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for an honest review.

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Dear Friend of the Nook, 

          After two years of financial struggling with less community support and higher costs of moving to our new location…. and with a great deal of prayer….. we have been led to close The Shepherd’s Nook. We wish to thank all for their support of our ministry over the last 8 years. 

          For your immediate needs, please contact the Living Word bookstore in Edison at 419-946-5000. They are just 15 minutes from our store on State Route 95 in the Edison Depot building. 

          Long term, we are working with a local person who is hoping to open a new Christian bookstore in Marion soon. When this happens, please support them in your prayers and with your spending dollars. Invest in the Kingdom and not just where you can save a dollar. 

          Again, we thank you for standing by us and ask you continue to keep us in prayer as we focus more on our church ministry. If we can pray for you, please contact us at prayer@theshepherdsfellowship.org.


Tom and Jenni Hypes

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I am excited! The weather is warming up, the sun has reappeared, and I get to be barefoot more often!

Most of my life, I hated to be without shoes and socks. However, in recent years, I have discovered the joys of being barefoot and today I decided to partake of this minor experiment of freedom! I love the feel of the carpet under my feet, the coolness of the air that bring refreshment to my whole body, and just the sense of enjoyment of not being confined.


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I got a free copy of “How Should a Christian Love?” from Thomas Nelson to post an honest review of. This is a book that is part of a series of “Next Generation” devotional books for pre teens.

This book is an extension of Thomas Nelson’s Word of Promise CDs where young actors portray the Bible in audio form. With the book, you get a section of the Bible in this form (this book you get I Corinthians through Philemon) on a MP3 CD, the devotionals, activities built-in (word finds, crosswords and the like), and journaling spacing which I think is great to get kids used to.

I think the one thing I had to get over is I though this was going to be for high schoolers but it is not. The lessons are basic but staples to the Christian faith. The staples that many churches miss in the pursuit of finding cool stuff or dealing with “teen” issues. This is the basics that each kid needs to forma foundation to stand on.

I do wonder if the MP3 CD is needed. Most of the kids at our church can only listen to MP3 at the computer or after fighting to get it to their iPod. The other concern is the MP3 seems to jack the total price up to an unneeded $15.99 which could cause a challenge for smaller churches. Reading the Bible yourself could have the same if not better effect in comparison of the trade-off but that’s a minor criticism.

Love this devotional over all and would highly suggest it if you’re trying to teach the young people in your life about the basics of the Christian faith. I will be passing it off to our youth leader….

Other titles in series…. “Who is Jesus?”, “What is Salvation?”, and “Why should I choose Jesus?”

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What a beautiful and horrific day we celebrate today. The mock trial,abuse and beating, dragging of a cross, the curssing at, public disgrace, crown of thorns, nailing to the cross, raising up of a naked man, suffication and pain as he pulls himself up by the nails to breathe, death that leads to the shreaded curtain in the temple and the earth to shake…what a mistake the enemy made that day that leads to his ultimate demise. What a sacrifice of love that my Lord Jesus Christ made for you…Want to know more about it? Feel free to contact me…Thank you precious Jesus!

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